Colleen Varcoe

Colleen Varcoe (Co-Principal Investigator) is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

  • Her research focuses on women’s health with emphasis on violence and inequity and the culture of health care, and aims to promote ethical practice and policy in the context of violence and inequity.
  • Her previous research includes studies of a) the interacting risks of violence and HIV infection for rural and Aboriginal women, b) rural maternity care for Aboriginal women, and c) ethics and health policy.
  • She is co-leading studies of: a) the effects of violence for women who have left abusive partners, b) primary health care at urban Aboriginal health clinics, c) Aboriginal women’s experiences of leaving abusive partners.
  • She is now leading a study of an intervention for Aboriginal women who have experienced violence.